Monday Movie Review: Hot Pursuit

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This campy buddy comedy follows an over eager but error prone cop named Cooper (played by Reese Witherspoon) as she transports and protects a flamboyant and femme key witness Daniella (Sofia Vergara). Plans quickly and relentlessly go awry, so that the leads are being pursued by crooked cops and criminals alike.

With a PG 13 rating, it has a few sex jokes, some drug references, and one intentionally awkward kiss between the two female leads. It doesn’t have any scenes shot in strip clubs, which really makes it stand out in the buddy comedy genre.

Things I liked: I like the casting. Both Witherspoon and Vergara are funny actresses and I enjoyed seeing them together. I liked that it was a female led picture.

In keeping with buddy comedy tradition (Lethal Weapon, Rush Hour) the leads are cross racial and in one scene they go from fighting in English to Spanish. Many of the blooper outtakes are of Witherspoon stumbling over her Spanish lines.

Things I didn’t like: Some of the running gags worked well. Each time the two women are described, Cooper is listed progressively shorter and Daniella progressively older. Some of the gags didn’t work at all. No matter how many times Vergara’s character insisted Cooper looked like a boy, I can’t shake the indelible image of Reese Witherspoon as the ultra femme Elle Woods.

The writing in general was not as funny as the performers, and could have used a script doctor to tighten timing and add more laughs.

In conclusion: The reviews for this movie are pretty terrible, which I think is a mixture of the meh  writing quality and also some sexist backlash. I don’t think the writing is great, but I do think it’s pretty genre typical. It’s a buddy comedy, starring women. If you like the sound of that, you’ll probably enjoy this more than not.

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